A 30-year-old man was asleep behind the wheel of a car stopped in the middle of the intersection of Hollow Tree Ridge Road and Allwood Road when an officer on patrol came by, police said. Darien police gave this account of what happened next (including accusations not proven in court):
The officer saw the car, a Subaru sedan, at 1:53 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 4. He approached the vehicle and could see the driver was apparently asleep. It took several attempts for officers to rouse the man.
Someone told New Canaan police that a mountain lion was spotted on Gerdes Road, just north of the Darien-New Canaan border, at about 6 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 14. The big cat sighting is the third in the past month in New Canaan, and close to the previous one, Aug. 8, on White Oak Shade Lane. The sighting on Gerdes Road is the third in the past month and very close to the most recent one, on Aug.
Darien police responded to several unrelated domestic incidents in recent weeks resulting in criminal charges being filed against three town residents, including a charge of fourth-degree sexual assault in one case. Police described the incidents with these accounts; no accusations have been proven in court:
July 28, Misdemeanor Sexual Assault Charge
On July 28, at 10:20 a.m., a victim told police that a man, a 50-year-old resident of Turnabout Lane, had made “several unwanted sexual contacts” with the victim over the past several months, according to a police news release. “Video evidence was provided to corroborate the allegations,” the news release said. It provided no details of what was in the video or videos. Police applied for an arrest warrant for the man and received it on Aug.
Alcohol being drunk at a teenage party on Salt Box Lane “contributed to” a “medical event” in which an ambulance was called in, Darien police said. All the partygoers were below the legal drinking age of 21, and the 19-year-old host was arrested on a charge of providing alcohol to underage drinkers, police said. In a police news release, police did not say: whether more than one person experienced the “medical event,” or or describe in any way what the medical event was, how dangerous it appeared to be, whether the person or persons was or were taken to a hospital or released from a hospital if they were taken there. Police gave this additional account of the incident, including accusations not proven in court:
The call for medical service was made at 11:55 p.m. on Saturday, July 30. Police did not say how many people were at the house at 9 Salt Box Lane.
After a vehicle driven by a 31-year-old Darien woman struck a stone wall on Hollow Tree Ridge Road, she was charged with driving while under the influence, police said. Darien police gave this account of what happened, including accusations not proven in court:
Police were called to the roadway outside 95 Hollow Tree Ridge Road at 1:15 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 7, where the vehicle had struck the stone wall at a sharp turn in the road. The police news release did not describe damage to the vehicle or to the wall or say whether or not the driver appeared to be injured. The driver, Allesandra Mossa, a resident of the same street, a bit north of Interstate 95, appeared confused and smelled of alcohol.
Kathleen Fogarty, 80, of Hale Lane, was fatally struck by her own vehicle Thursday afternoon in the parking lot of Middlesex Commons, Darien police announced. The news release from Police Chief Donald Anderson didn’t say how that happened, but it did say that no one else and no other vehicle seems to have been involved in the incident. Fogarty was the driver, according to the news release. Sometime before 4:26 p.m., the incident was reported to authorities. Fogarty was not alive when police and an ambulance crew arrived.
An incident Friday involving a teenager being approached as she got in her vehicle sparked incorrect rumors about what happened, Darien police said in a news release. Nothing in the Monday afternoon announcement indicates a crime was committed or that there is evidence a crime was even attempted. But police say they are actively investigating the matter. According to the release, at about 11:45 p.m. police responded to a report of the incident near the intersection of Glenvale Avenue and Christie Hill Road. Police were told that a white, four-door Jeep Wrangler with a black top had been parked on the street nearby.
A 2015 Honda Pilot was stolen when it was left running on the side of the road while the driver was working as a delivery driver for a local business at the corner of Mansfield and the Post Road, police were told. Police didn’t give the name of the business — but Post Corner Pizza is at that location. The theft was reported to police at 6:47 p.m., Saturday. In a separate incident, sometime overnight Friday to Saturday a 2015 Cadillac Escalade was stolen from outside a home on the Post Road between Purdy Lane and Hillside Avenue. The keys were left inside the vehicle, which was unlocked, said the owner, who called police at 7:25 a.m., Saturday.
Police charged a man who was trying to start fights with people at a downtown bar Saturday at night, and in a separate, unrelated incident on Monday, two people were charged after getting violent with each other at their home. Police described the incidents with these accounts, including accusations not proven in court:
Saturday at Night Not All Right for Fighting
Police were called to Chéz Ernie’s Cafe at 12:38 a.m., Saturday (not technically “Saturday Night”) on a report of a fight in progress, but a police announcement didn’t say they found that. They did find that a 20-year-old Bridgeport man was trying to start fights with several patrons, “making aggressive contact in the progress.” The man was issued a misdemeanor summons charging him with breach of peace. He is scheduled to appear Aug.
Despite promises to keep their passengers safe during the pandemic, data from Metro-North Police shows that not a single citation was issued to violators of the facemask rule on the commuter railroad in the last nine months. — an announcement from The Commuter Action Group
“Kudos to CTExaminer.com reporter Brendan Crowley for his FOI request for this
data, filed in late May,” said Jim Cameron of The Commuter Action Group. “As an advocate for riders’ interest I’ve heard almost daily reports of unmasked riders on trains… reported details to the railroad and seen no action taken. This data confirms their ‘safety measures’ were a sham.”
As the CTExaminer reported today:
Transit workers have issued 38 summons for refusing to wear a mask on
public transit since MTA instituted fines on Sept. 14, 2020 — that number
includes riders on New York City subways and buses, and the Long Island
Railroad Since the beginning of 2020, MTA reported that it had issued 772
citations on Metro-North trains, but none for failing to wear masks.
A 27-year-old woman who was drinking before she started driving got into an accident after leaving a driveway onto the street near the intersection of Center Street and the Post Road, police said. She then drove away from the scene, police said. But an officer found her and charged her with driving while under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to grant right of way to another vehicle. Darien police gave this further account, including accusations not proven in court:
At 9:01 p.m. on Friday, July 2, police were called to the scene and were told that one of the vehicles had driven away. A description of the vehicle was given, and an officer in the area found it, stopping the driver, Lisbeth Hernandez of Wardwell Street in Stamford.
A 45-year-old Darien woman was arrested after she yelled at, got into a physical confrontation with and refused to leave the home of another person in town with whom she had previously been in a relationship, police said. Darien police gave this further account of what happened, including accusations not proven in court:
The woman, still at the scene when police arrived shortly after 10:55 p.m. on Thursday, July 1, complained of an injury and was taken to a hospital for evaluation. Police applied for an arrest warrant, which was approved. Police gave no indication that the other person was injured in the physical confrontation, nor did they describe the condition of the woman taken to the hospital. The woman was arrested July 2 on charges of disorderly conduct, third-degree assault and first-degree criminal trespassing.
Police responding to a 911 call about a domestic incident said they found there was was arguing involved, but didn’t say there was violence — and nobody was charged with a domestic violence crime. But a man hung up the phone when the 911 call was made by the other person, police said, and that resulted in charges against him. Darien police provided this account, including accusations not proven in court:
The call was made to police at 4:39 p.m. on Thursday, June 29, from a home in town. When police went to the residence, they spoke with a 50-year-old man who said there had been a verbal argument, and the other person confirmed that. The victim said that at some point he or she called 911, but the man hung up the call.
You can join your neighbors and Darien police officers for coffee and conversation from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday, July 17 at Caffe Nero, 1071 Post Road, in downtown Darien. You can come with questions or just talk with police. “No agenda or speeches, just a chance for you to get to know the police officers that work in your community!” the Police Department said in a post on Facebook. Questions?
State legislators from both parties recently started more active discussions on what can be done about youths stealing cars across the state, a problem that’s festered for years. In a related development, state Rep. Terrie Wood told constituents Thursday afternoon that she’s joined other lawmakers in petitioning for a special session of the state Legislature to address the problem. The recent death of a runner in New Britain, reportedly struck by a stolen car driven by a 17-year-old with a long criminal history, prompted a GOP news conference on the problem Wednesday morning, and then the meeting of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle that afternoon, according to a report Thursday on the CT News Junkie website. The report also said: “A bipartisan group of lawmakers emerged from a closed-door meeting at the state Capitol Wednesday with plans to pursue policies aimed at reducing youth crime including giving judges more information on the criminal records of repeat offenders.” The Democratic and Republican lawmakers said they “identified some limited common ground,” as the article described it.
In the course of one night, police said, three unlocked vehicles, each with keys inside, were stolen from outside Darien homes. Within minutes or days, each was found: One just down the street on Long Neck Point Road; another in Longmeadow, Massachusetts (93 miles from Darien, along Interstate 95 on the Massachusetts/Connecticut border); and the third in North Haven. On the same night and the next morning — Monday to Tuesday, June 28 to 29 — owners of two other unlocked vehicles told police that the vehicles had been entered, but nothing was stolen from them. SEE ALSO: State Lawmakers Explore What Can Be Done About Youths Stealing Cars Across the State (Thursday, July 8)
Darien police gave these accounts of the three vehicle thefts and the two other entries:
At 9:32 a.m., a resident of 23 Dubois St. told police that his or her unlocked 2015 Lexus RX was entered sometime overnight.